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Newcomers in Alberta: Work Experience and Credential Recognition

Before you work in Alberta, you may need to get your credentials assessed for work and to help you become licensed in Canada. The Government of Alberta provides a video introduction about work experience and credential recognition. In the video, newcomers in Alberta talk about their experience having their educational credentials and training to work in their chosen professions in Alberta.


Canada-Alberta Job Grant

“The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is an employer-driven training program. This means that employers decide on who gets training and what type of training may be needed for new and existing employees. Employers are required to use a third-party training provider to deliver the formal training either onsite, online, or in a classroom setting.

The Canada Job Grant is part of the Government of Canada and Government of Alberta’s commitment to help address skills mismatches and ensure that employees are being trained in high-demand areas.

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is available to offset the training investment by up to two-thirds of the direct training costs up to $10,000 per trainee.”




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YYC Employment Information Fair

On October 26, 2016, Immigrant Services Calgary co-organized the YYC Employment Information Fair at McMahon Station. Employment Information regarding training, certification processes, and programs available was offered by Community organizations and industry associations. There were hundreds of community members to visit our information booths.

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Deloitte Networking Event with Practice Interviews

On Friday October 7th, 36 immigrant professional clients from Immigrant Services Calgary participated in our annual networking event with Deloitte.

During the event, participants had the opportunity to practice their interview skills, and meet one-on-one with Deloitte staff to learn about Deloitte workplace culture and the unspoken rules of the work search process in Canada. The event also included a panel discussion where select members of the Deloitte team talked about the challenges they faced as newcomers in Canada.

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East Calgary Employment & Resource Fair 2016

On Thursday October 20, 2016, the annual East Calgary Employment and Resource Fair 2016 will take place at the Alberta Park Community Association. The fair is organized by the Partners with Penbrooke Collaborative which Immigrant Services Calgary is part of.

There is a job fair preparation session on Monday, October 17, 2016 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Please see the poster below for more details.


Calgary Welcome and Employment Fair

Try to find a job? Or a Career Upgrade? We invite you to the Calgary Welcome and Employment Fair. This is a great opportunity for you to meet with employers that are hiring and to connect with community organizations to help your family settle in Calgary.

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Location: BMO Centre, Hall B (Calgary Stampede Grounds)

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Building Culturally Competent Organizations

Immigrant Services Calgary, Talent Pool, and Maple 2.0 – Mentorship in Action presented a TED style talk on Building Culturally Competent Organizations in spring 2016. Cultural competency is essential for organizations to remain competitive and continue to attract and retain top talent. We explored practical tips and strategies for successful cross-cultural engagement of foreign trained professionals.

  • Common challenges faced by recruiters when assessing foreign trained professionals
  • Creating a workplace environment that fosters cultural integration
  • Tips for managers to mentor and bring onboard immigrant professionals


Dirk Volschenk – Manager Learning & Competence Development – Suncor Energy Services

Alex Lefebvre – Human Resources Coordinator – Lafarge

Chris Thomas – President & Lead Consultant – The Classic Business Consulting Group

Joy Lumanog – Human Resources Business Partner –  Schneider Electric

Followings are the events videos:

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Canada Apprentice Loan

The Canada Apprentice Loan is a program provided by the Government of Canada to help eligible registered apprentices throughout their training. The Canada Apprentice Loan program can support eligible apprentices get the money they need to achieve their goals.  Eligible applicants can apply for up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per period of technical training since January 2015.

The eligibility requirements for the Canada Apprentice Loan can be found at the link below.

For more details about Canada Apprentice Loan program, or apply online, please visit the Canada Apprentice Loan Online Service.